Senate Confirms VA Under Secretary for Health - American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

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Senate Confirms VA Under Secretary for Health

On June 23, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the nomination of David J. Shulkin, M.D., as the next Under Secretary for Health at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  In this position, Dr. Shulkin will be a key figure as the VHA Nursing Handbook moves forward.

Dr. Shulkin, an internist, was nominated to the position by President Barack Obama to succeed Carolyn Clancy, M.D., who has served as Interim Under Secretary for Health since June 2014.

President of Morristown Medical Center since 2010, Dr. Shulkin has served concurrently as President of Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and as Vice President of Atlantic Health.  Prior to Morristown Medical Center, Dr. Shulkin was President and CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York and Chief Medical Officer of Temple University Hospital.  From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Shulkin served as both Chief Medical Officer of the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital and Chief Quality Officer of Drexel University School of medicine.  He has also served as Chairman and CEO of DoctorQuality, Inc., Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Director of Clinical Outcome Assessment and Quality Management at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Shulkin received a B.A. from Hampshire College and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania.  His full C.V. can be viewed here.

ASA looks forward to working with Dr. Shulkin and others at VA to continue to ensure Veterans receive access to the highest quality health care.  

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